Tottenham managed to stop the rot this past weekend, fighting back from a goal down to secure a 1-1 draw against Arsenal in dramatic fashion. Mauricio Pochettino’s men had lost their previous two Premier League matches, and it was imperative that the run did not stretch to three games. The point gained leave Spurs in third spot in the Premier League table, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all in hot pursuit. Tottenham were very much in the driver’s seat as far as the race for Champions League qualification is concerned, but the battle for third and fourth place now appears wide open.
Keen punters will be looking for treble tips for football matches prior to the next round of top flight fixtures this weekend. There are some tricky puzzles to solve, none more so than Spurs’ trip to St Mary’s Stadium to take on Southampton. The Saints were on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline at Old Trafford on Saturday, but Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side came out of that game with a lot of credit and are sure to cause problems for Tottenham. One positive as far as Spurs are concerned is the fact that Arsenal host Manchester United, so one of those teams, or potentially both, could drop points.
Injuries and a lack of signings have curtailed Spurs somewhat this season. These problems coupled with long delay to moving into the new stadium have meant that the current crop of players have arguably overachieved in recent months. To have been involved in the Premier League title race until the end of February shows just what a versatile squad Mauricio Pochettino has at his disposal. It’s just unfortunate that a few additions were not made in the summer, as I feel this would really have helped the Lillywhite’s chances of silverware.